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Poor internet has led to catching up Saint Johns, Antigua Blog 26th January 2020 Sunday in Antigua began as a bright sunny morning Then the heavens opened and although some of the port shops were open , not much to see unless you were maybe taken an island tour. Boasting a beach for everyday of the year is fine but when its teeming down it cant be much fun.It is described as a ‘beach with an island in the middle’ Antigua is one of the 2 major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Ringed with coral reefs, the island is known for its many sandy beaches. Set along English Harbour, restored Nelson’s Dockyard, which Admiral Horatio Nelson made his base in the 1780s, includes a marina and the Dockyard Museum. Trails ... read more
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Spoiler alert ! Antigua has a lot, and I do mean a lot, of very attractive beaches. We have visited many and stopped on several, often finding a nice spot for a bite of lunch. That was the pattern yesterday for my Birthday. We headed out west to Ffryers (yes, double ‘f’) beach and had several hours in sun and shade with a very stiff breeze at our backs. Luckily this was blowing off shore. If it been the other way round we’d have been sand blasted. Then we had a late lunch at Sheer Rocks, a simply delightful spot overlooking the beach. The prices were sky high, the portions tiny (but delicious), the service pedestrian but it was lovely way to spend 90 minutes. By the time we’d finished it was time to head back ... read more
Lovely spot for a leisurely lunch at Sheer Rocks
View of the beach from Sheer Rocks
English Harbour Sunset - again


Sunday evenings in Antigua mean one thing: Shirley Heights. Tourists from all over the island gravitate to this old military post with fabulous views out over English Harbour. There’s a fantastic (and huge!) steel band, a reggae band, bars and BBQ. Party time! All great fun but we skipped the BBQ. Since then we’ve explored gently east and west, looking at beaches and towns. More on beaches later. Yesterday we headed to the capital St. John’s. Somewhat run down but pretty lively. However the most significant thing we found were the TWO enormous cruise ships in harbour. The area around the cruise ship terminal was tourist central with a weird mix of tat and high end shopping...who buys diamonds when on a cruise? We’re convinced that not much of the tourist dollars coming in off the ... read more
Party time at Shirley Heights
Steel band. 16 players, very loud!
Cruise ship heaven?  Not really


Hi All So we’re off again for some winter sun! An early start, a slow but uneventful drive to Gatwick, and a half empty Virgin Atlantic flight to Antigua. Cathy and I were both able to take 4 seats and stretch out for bit! We picked up a hire car, drove across the island but then got ....well, lost. We simply could not find our booked villa despite maps, google maps on the phone... in the end we were rescued by a local who said “follow me”. We were only 250 metres off but in the dark could not see the place hidden up a lane (Cj: a very steep, narrow dirt track) on a hillside. However, in the morning we were welcomed by a stunning view out over English Harbour, and a very enjoyable breakfast ... read more
Pool and patio
Nelson’s Dockyard
Nelson’s Dockyard


Sunday July 14 - Today I took a day trip to Barbuda, the other main island of this country. I woke up before 5am, and got up a little after, about the same time my roommate came back from her night out. Apparently they start Carnival here earlier than the official dates, so that is probably where she was partying. I want to sleep later. I had breakfast, talked to Jeroen, watched tv and got ready for the day. I met Ale at 8:10, as she had my ticket and was going to take me over to the boat. I’m unclear why she was involved, since the boat just met us at the beach here. I wonder if she made money on the ticket? The boat was supposed to pick us up at 8:30, but it ... read more
Dickenson Bay
Yellow-crowned night heron eating crab
Yellow-crowned night heron eating crab


Thursday July 11 - I had my alarm set for 5am, but because I am who I am, I woke up at 4:15 and could not go back to sleep. I got up at 4:30 and just started my day. I spent some time figuring out what I might want to do while I’m in Antigua, and what is possible to do without a car. I finished packing, ate breakfast, the usual. At 6:30 I went outside to wait for the taxi, but he was late. I went back in to call, but he didn’t pick up. I was just about to call my host, but she called me. She said the driver was running late and would be there in 10 minutes. It only took about 5, but I was kind of annoyed. He asked ... read more
On the way to Antigua
St Kitts
Antigua


Day 15-21 Friday 7th Dec – Thursday 13thDec 2018 Guadeloupe Well, we made it!! Was there ever any doubt!! We were quite surprised crossing the Atlantic Ocean as it was hot and sunny most of the time so we were able to make good use of our balcony. There were a few swells in the middle of the ocean but nothing to get excited about!! The days settled very quickly into breakfast followed by an hours walk around the deck and an hour in the gym, followed by lunch and various interesting lectures in the afternoon, mostly about the Caribbean, music, history, slave trade etc followed by afternoon tea and then dinner at 6.15pm and the show!! We missed the Italian lessons which I was a bit gutted about, but there is only time to do ... read more
At the Restaurant
Pointe des Chateaux, Guadeloupe (1)
Waiting for the Sorbet - Guadeloupe


As we were not expecting to be in Antigua and Barbuda today, we had nothing planned at all. We did get off the ship though and had a really nice wander around the town. This was the first time off the ship for 6 days and it was nice to be on firm ground again. The pavements and roads in Antigua are in a terrible state which really surprised us as many cruise ships go there. Theresa took a little tumble, but no damage thankfully. We heard of a few people that had tumbled and hurt themselves badly. We are keeping an eye on the weather in St Thomas as we really do not want to miss that port. This is because St Thomas is our official entry point into America where your entry documents are ... read more
Todays daily
We have arrived
View from balcony this morning


Our Beautiful holiday in Antigua. Plenty of sites to see and enjoy!... read more
Antigua (2)
Antigua (3)
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St. John's Antigua - Not quite the day we planned. Today we had planned to go on a catamaran trip including a lobster lunch on board but we had to cancel this yesterday as David has a huge blister on the underside of his foot, it covers the entire ball of his foot! He visited the ships doctor who has prescribed some antibiotics and dressed his foot which he has has to now have re-dressed each day.He says it isn't that painful but of course has limited his mobility. As we had nothing planned we had a late start this morning and whilst on our side of the ship we awoke to a clear pier on our port side was the P&O ship Azura which once again swamped our smaller ship. From the top deck of ... read more
St. John's Antigua
St. John's Antigua
St. John's Antigua




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